Full Sail Students Design an Outdoor Fitness Program Called BNFIT

From left: Billy Alaka and Nathan Dickison
From left: Billy Alaka and Nathan Dickison

There are a lot of reasons why people forgo exercise. Having a busy schedule is one reason. Also exercise routines can get boring, and sticking with an exercise regimen can be hard without a buddy or a coach.

Two enterprising Full Sail students are trying to offer solutions to people looking for fitness motivation with their Orlando-based circuit training business called BNFIT.

Nathan Dickison, a student in the Web Design & Development Bachelor of Science degree program, and Billy Alaka, a student in the Film Bachelor of Science degree program, combined their considerable athletic training experience to design a mobile, outdoor fitness program, which they’ve been running for about three months.

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Dickison and Alaka are both ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) certified personal trainers with experience in several sports (Alaka formerly played professional soccer). They charge $10 for a 45-minute class that incorporates elements of kickboxing, running, football/soccer/basketball drills, cross fit exercises and calisthenics. They also offer a monthly package, which earns participants one free class.

The BNFIT classes take place next to Lake Baldwin at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Dickison and Alaka’s group exercises often incorporate equipment like tires, sledgehammers, ropes, jump ropes, ladders, cones, a heavy bag and PVC bars for pushups. Because the program is mobile, they can also hold classes indoors, which the two fitness entrepreneurs have done to promote the class.

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Dickison said BNFIT’s members are people of different ages and fitness levels, although most of the participants are Full Sail students. He said the nature of the program is that it is scalable according to each person’s abilities. At the same time, the group atmosphere helps to motivate everyone individually, says Dickison.

“How we train, we kind of work together in a group through these stations and through these drills and just kind of build off each other. Everybody’s getting the benefit out of it and working together,” says Dickison.

He adds, “There’s a good blend of everything. We’re not trying to make you a heavyweight body builder and we’re not trying to make you a marathon runner. We try to take the best out of each of these activities and try to bring them together and make it fun for everybody to get involved in.”

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